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The Fermanagh Trust has awarded grants to four local projects, supporting a wide range of work throughout the county. The financial support for Cavanaleck Community Association, Fermanagh Women’s Aid, Ardess Famine Graveyard Project and Belcoo Parent and Toddler group is focused on facilitating these groups in their efforts to improve and promote the well-being of those who are disadvantaged and socially excluded throughout our community.
Lauri McCusker, Director of the Fermanagh Trust presents grant award to Sinead Hoy and Kerrie Flood from Fermanagh Women’s Aid
The Fermanagh Trust has since its inception supported over 400 voluntary and community charitable groups from throughout the County and its hinterland through grant-making and our developmental support programmes.
“The Fermanagh Trust applauds the voluntary endeavours of the Cavanaleck Community Association following the recent upgrade of the Leaf Centre” according to Trustee Jim Ledwith. “The Community Association is dedicated to sustaining the community fabric of the area and creating opportunities for people of all ages in the area and building positive community relationships as evidenced by the close working relationships with Chanterhill Community Association in recent years. Their grant will go towards equipment and running costs following redevelopment of their centre.”
Cavanaleck Community Association receiving their grant award from Fermanagh Trust. L-R Debbie Coyle, Phyllis Fegan, Jim Ledwith Trustee of the Fermanagh Trust and Mary Fee
The Fermanagh Trust are supporting Fermanagh Women’s Aid in the delivery of one-to-one support to children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse. The group provide a safe and supportive environment for women and children who have experienced domestic and sexual violence. A core part of this support is staff training to broaden their knowledge of the emergency trends for children in the community.
Belcoo Parent and Toddler group received support towards the continued running of their weekly group, based in the Lakeland Community Centre. Since 2014 they have managed to run a very successful and sociable outlet for parents and toddlers in the Belcoo area, providing a warm and safe environment for parents to meet whilst their children can play and interact. The group will use their grant from the Fermanagh Trust to purchase new equipment, toys, arts and crafts, and arrange special events.
Ardess Famine Graveyard Project received support from the Fermanagh Trust for updated information material. Ardess Famine Graveyeard, adjacent to Ardess Parish Church is of important historical significance in North Fermanagh. Groups from all over Ireland have visited the restored famine burial site and the unique story of shared history has touched many hearts. The project plans to train volunteers and develop an app based on the history of the famine graveyard.
Jim Ledwith added “The Fermanagh Trust is delighted to award grant support to this wide range of organisations and the work they do. All four are beacons for the strength of community and voluntary enterprise in the county and we wish them every success in their endeavours.”
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